The process of replacing a lost title deed is governed by regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937.
This regulation was put into place in order to circumvent any fraudulent activities related to issuing a copy of a title deed.
Regulation 68 of the Act provides for the re-issue of a title deed copy in cases where the original deed is either lost or destroyed.
This Regulation is used by fraudsters to fraudulently obtain a copy to serve in the place of the original deed.
Consequently, the rightful owner of the property is then defrauded of ownership of the property as the issued copy is then used to illegally transfer the property to a new “owner”.
Therefore, a new procedure has been implemented for the deeds office to follow in order to register and re-issue a copy of a lost title deed.
As conveyancers, we can provide legal assistance with regards to obtaining a copy of a lost title deed while following the correct, lawful procedure.
For more information about our legal services or other matters related to property law, please feel free to contact us.
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